It’s your third year in a row going to Mieliepop, so you have a pretty good idea of what to expect. What to pack, where the good camping spots are, what time of day to go for a booze cruise, et cetera. But then, just a day or two before the festival, some horrible weather predictions start rolling in…
You see a lot of complaints online every time a major international band gets booked to perform in South Africa. Terms like “irrelevant” and “has-beens” get used, often accompanied by “haven’t released an album in 20 years.” And I’m pretty sure similar sentiments were expressed when Crash Test Dummies were announced to visit in February this year. But you can’t be surprised. They hit their mainstream success in the 1990s. And if you, like me, have a hard time keeping up with dates, that’s TWO DECADES AGO. I don’t really know about the rest of the internet, but I was definitely excited to see the show.
Incubus has long been a favourite band of mine, and of many loved ones. Hits like Pardon Me, Megalomaniac, and especially Wish You Were Here has long adorned my playlists, so when it was announced that Incubus had added a South African stop on their latest tour, it didn’t take much convincing for us to make the trek to the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.
My 2018 music festival season was kicked off by Parklife this past Saturday, setting the mood for a relaxing weekend. One of the best things about Parklife is that you know what you are getting: The same iconic branding, same great people and consistently amazing tunes.
Alhoewel ek nie self by verlede jaar s’n was nie, kon mens agterkom aan die gehoor dat Liefde By Die Dam 2017 reeds soos ‘n instelling voel. Daar is ‘n rustige gemak aan die konsertgangers by Emmarentia Dam, wat heel waarskynlik omtrent op hul agterstoep kon kom piekniek hou, musiek luister, en aan ‘n maklike liefdadigheidsveldtog deelneem.
It’s not every event where you go from watching Shortstraw, to Boargazm, to PHFAT, to Mr Green in the Rave Cave. Hell, most events don’t even have a Rave Cave. Or a nice dam surrounded by grassy hills. Or a boutique festival vibe, with minimal crowds and queues, fancy food stalls, warm showers, and more than enough camping space. That’s why The Republic of Mieliepop is something special.
It’s pretty hard to organise an event with an all-star lineup. For one thing, you can’t have every band be the headliner. So at this past Sunday’s OneSight Acoustics event at the Good Luck Bar, you’d have had to be there at 2pm already, if you wanted to see December Streets, BCUC, Reason, and DJ Invizable – all big headline acts. The next event, on 27 November, features Freshlyground, Josh Kempen, Bongeziwe Mabandla, and Half ‘n half, and we’re giving away a set of tickets below!
What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the term “music festival”? If you’re from Gauteng, it’s most likely dust. And crowds. And drunk youths. But then there’s Mieliepop.
Beforehand, it looked like bad weather might intrude on the weekend. But the sunshine arrived just on time. A simple, 270 km/3 hour drive from Pretoria leads you to the beautiful Tolderia Resort – a real majestic, beautiful, peaceful, green hilly area in the middle of nowhere. The trek into the resort was slightly rough after the rain, and arriving there in the dark isn’t recommended – though that really applies to any festival.
What a show.
Mumford and Sons need no introduction. They brought the banjo into modern pop-rock, and cemented their place on the charts with good harmonies, writing, and lyrics. And we’ve all been told excitedly by a teenage girl at a party how the band members can each play all the instruments, ever. We all recognize the opening riff to The Cave, and will automatically sing along to Little Lion Man, albeit without quite hitting all the notes and harmonies.